USS PHILIPPINE SEA


Captain Wesley A. Smith
Commanding Officer

Captain Wesley A. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.  He was subsequently commissioned as an Ensign through the Officer Candidate School in 1990.

CAPT Smith’s most recent assignment was Commanding Officer of USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68)  from 5 JUN 12 -17 APR 13.  THE SULLIVANS successfully completed a compressed training cycle,  3M CERT, SRA and IDCERTEX.

Other sea tours include: Commanding Officer, USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36) from 18 JAN 08 - 30 OCT 09.  UNDERWOOD successfully completed two training cycles, INSURV, 3M CERT and a DSRA.  Additionally, UNDERWOOD received the CNO's safety award, the 2008 CNO's Environmental Award and the 2009 Battle Effectiveness and Command Excellence Award.   During the CY08-09 Eastern Pacific Counter Narcotics-Terrorism Operations deployment, UNDERWOOD interdicted her first self propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) and seized and disrupted over 52,000 pounds of contraband worth $1.6 billion, and apprehended 39 narcotics smugglers and 4 human traffickers.   CAPT Smith has served on eight classes of ships.  He has completed deployments to the North Atlantic, Caribbean, South America, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Adriatic Sea, and Eastern Pacific.

Ashore, he completed a Joint  assignment as Theater Strategic Planner for Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea (2001-2003).  He reported to OPNAV N86 in Dec 2009 as Weapons and Sensors branch head.  During his tour at N86 he volunteered for an Individual Augmentee (IA)  assignment  to the Office of the Defense Representative (ORDP) – Pakistan  as Director of J5 - Strategy, Plans and Policy from Dec 2010 to Sep 2011. 

Additional professional education:  Captain Smith earned a Naval Post-Graduate School funded Master of Science Degree in Education and Training Management from Old Dominion University.  He completed United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College.  Captain Smith is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College and a designated Joint Qualified Officer (JQO).  Additionally, he completed a National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 

He is assigned sub-specialty designators 3150P - Education and Training Management, 6205S - Information Warfare, 6301S - Undersea Warfare, and 2000S - National Security Studies (Strategic Plans).

Personal awards and decorations include:  Defense Meritorious Service Medal and various personal and unit/campaign awards.